Cienniwa and Bandy provide “alert and stylist” performances on Telemann recording

Telemann: Violin Sonatas

Dorian Komanoff Bandy; Paul Cienniwa, hpsi

Whaling City Sound 108—80 minutes


This is the second recording I have encountered of Telemann’s unusual 1715 publication of sonatas for violin and harpsichord.  The first was made by Valerio Losito and Federico Del Sordo and released by Brilliant (S/O 2017).

These are stylistically interesting works, marked by Telemann’s immersion in French styles.  The performances here are alert and stylist, just a bit broader than the processors.  For all that, this new recording makes space to add to the 1715 set a sonata that survives only in manuscript, marked by some stylistic foibles.

Romanoff Bandy uses a vibratoless technique that has its piercing moments, but his playing is certainly expert.  It is also favored over the harpsichord in the balances.

The booklet notes by Bandy comment extensively on the styles and compositional techniques in these sonatas.

Both recordings have their merits, but I prefer this new one.


John W. Barker


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01/28 & 1/29: Bach Explored with Paul Cienniwa & Dorian Komanoff Bandy




BACH EXPLORED, a series of three concerts surveying the roots of Bach’s musical language

With Violinist Dorian Komanoff Bandy & harpsicordist Paul Cienniwa presenting a recital-series

“Dark Visions”, probes the deepest reaches of human expression, from the musical ars moriendi to violinist depictions of grief and dispair

Second serie concert:

Wednesday & Thursday, January 28 & 29, 2015 @ 7:30pm

 Jan 28: At New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!, 608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA

Jan 29: First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St., MA

$20 suggested donation

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